New York-based artist Jesse Michael Newman built a career as a visual effects artist, working on multiple films nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards as well as projects accepted to the permanent collections of the MOMA and Whitney.
A BFA graduate from Notre Dame, Newman has been recognized by Art Business News as a Top 50 Emerging Artist. His artwork had been in galleries from Monterey to Miami, New York to Rome, and resides in private collections on four continents.
Newman uses the most advanced tools available to an artist in creating art that is future-proof in both craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness, intrinsically beautiful and layered with meaning.
Artist Jesse Michael Newman, after graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Design from the University of Notre Dame, spent years moving around the United States to remain geographically close to his daughter. Relocating from California to Atlanta and then to New York, however, did not prevent Newman from establishing himself as a premiere visual effects artist.
His projects include multiple films nominated or shortlisted for Academy Awards – including Armageddon, nominated for Best Visual Effects. The short film Stereomongrel is now part of the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum, while others include official selections to the Cannes, Los Angeles and Sundance film festivals.
The breadth of his experiences includes collaborations on projects for musicians Jay-Z, Will.I.Am, Avril Lavigne and Britney Spears as well as award-winning network identities for Disney, Showtime, SciFi and HBO. His commercial work includes national ad campaigns for Verizon, HP, Dodge, and Gillette. Some of these premiered as Super Bowl commercials; another, M&Ms Kaleidoscope, was accepted to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Not far from the MOMA is the irregularly-shaped canvas of eleven massive, building-high screens encircling Times Square, where Newman’s epic installation piece for Samsung played for months. Newman currently is spearheading several visual effects sequences for the upcoming feature film trilogy, The Monkey King.
Jesse Michael Newman, however, views visual effects as a side interest, a means to an end. His passion is his art. For years, he has created artwork in solitude, immersing himself during extended sabbaticals of a year or longer. Never having considered showing outside the walls of his home, Newman built a body of work in pure, peaceful isolation. In March 2012, however, after years of Newman’s closest friends urging him to share his artwork in a public forum, he debuted his work at the International Art Exposition in New York. Within a month, he was named one of the Top 50 Emerging Artists worldwide by Art Business News. By the end of the year, his artwork had been in galleries from Monterey to Miami and now resides in private collections on four continents.
Newman uses the most advanced tools available to an artist in the modern era. His extraordinary artistic process – a synthesis of painting, photography and computer-generated imagery – allows him to work fluidly on a 300 million-pixel canvas -- the equivalent of 150 high definition televisions stacked side by side. His techniques are not only foreign and perhaps revolutionary to the fine art world, but inadvertently are breaking technological barriers in the realm of visual effects from which they emerged. Adobe, upon learning Newman was pushing their tools in ways unknown to them, reached out to him to learn more; they now display one of his limited edition prints in the conference room of their corporate headquarters.
Newman aims to create art that is future-proof in both craftsmanship and aesthetic timelessness – artwork that is intrinsically beautiful and yet layered with meaning. He worships at the altar of his children, who are often both the inspiration and subjects of his art. As such, his latest project is a visual love letter to the daughter he has been following for years, Emma.